Advantages it might make a decent drinks coaster
Disadvantages probably one of the most awful games out there
Are you sure you want to quit this game? Heck, yes! I want to quit it and delete it off my computer right now – and take the cd back to the store from where it was purchased, whilst advising them not sell the game to any other poor soul.To be quite honest, I don’t think I have played a game quite so bad. Ever. And I’ve been playing games since I was 5 years old...making that 13 years of gaming experiences. To be quite honest, this must be my first opinion of a bad product here on ciao...at least as far as I can remember!
Well, you should know if you’re here that this is an opinion on Player Manager 2000 – but I guess, and rightly so, you people are going to want to know what makes this game so awful. Or maybe not. But I have to justify those first two paragraphs, so here goes.Some 5 years ago I purchased my first football management sim for a meagre £2.99. It was not Championship Manager, or even Sensible Soccer – it was Anco’s well kept secret – Player Manager 2. It did not contain the names of real players – and you could only start in the lower leagues, but who cared. This game got me hooked on footie managers, and I’ve played quite a few – some brilliant (okay, only Champ man gets that rating) and some not so brilliant. If you asked me to list my top five footie management games, PM2 would be in there.
It had some great quirks never again seen any other genre mate, such as the opportunity for you to actually play football on the pitch (Okay, this was a feature in Kevin Keegan’s Kick Off management on the Snes, but that game was slightly pants to be quite honest). Other features were the newspapers – if you saved the game more than five times in a season, you’re name would often end up in the paper in some kind of scandal. It was amusing, and gave a sense of reality in some small way. It just made you feel all the more involved. But enough reminiscing. This is my opinion about Player Manager 2000 – not its infinitely superior predecessor.I purchased PM2000 because I had a yearning to resample the style of PM2. I have unfortunately mislaid the said cd of this classic, and therefore must do without. But I thought that PM2000 might offer a similar experience, and when I saw it going for £10, I wondered what there was to lose?
Since the game is two years old now, I had no problems installing. At about 70mb I had space enough, and in no time I was ready to go.The first thing that hit me was the incredibly awful music. It’s cheesy and so, so bad that I had to turn off the speaker within seconds. I remember PM2’s music well, and although that too had been a little on the cheesy side, it had been bearable and at times could be quite decent.
The first few screens came and went – leaving no real lasting impression (apart from the awful music). Even the ageing PM2 had a far better intro than this mess. I was then presented with an options screen, offering me the chance of a new game, continue, friendly and replay. I couldn’t replay because I had no replay’s saved (d’oh) and I have no idea what the friendly was about.
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